Our look at the 7’0″ center from Louisiana.
One of the more intriguing players in the upcoming draft class is Mitchell Robinson. The 7’0″ center from Louisiana was originally slated to play college basketball at Western Kentucky University, but ultimately decided to forego this opportunity in favor of preparing for the NBA draft on his own.
In his senior season of high school, Mitchell averaged 25.7 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 6 blocks per game, and was honored as a McDonald’s All-American.
Even though he towers above most of his peers, Robinson is still very mobile and runs the floor well for someone his size. He has shown an ability in his pre-draft workouts to knock down 3-pointers with consistency, although this part of his game was not as pronounced during his high school career.
Like every draft prospect, Mitchell also has his setbacks. He really hasn’t demonstrated an ability to be an efficient post scorer, which is a necessity for a center in today’s NBA. There are also questions about whether the seemingly weaker competition Mitchell faced in high school made him look better than he actually was. All of these concerns must be addressed in order for a team like the Hawks to take Mitchell.
A recent Bleacher Report mock draft actually has the Hawks selecting Mitchell with the 30th pick in the draft. Atlanta could use a player like Mitchell to add depth to a frontcourt that will likely feature John Collins and another young big man, depending on who Atlanta selects with the third overall pick. Mitchell has a lot of raw talent and untapped potential, which is exactly what Atlanta should be looking for as they progress through their rebuild.
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